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PM Modi interacts with FM, representatives of ASEAN countries

By Shefali Kohli -- June 16, 2022 3:30 pm

New Delhi [India], June 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a "good interaction" with Foreign Ministers and Representatives of ASEAN countries on Thursday, as the country celebrates 30 years of India-ASEAN cooperation.

"Had a good interaction with Foreign Ministers and Representatives of @ASEAN countries as we celebrate 30 years of close India-ASEAN cooperation," PM Modi tweeted today.

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India hosted the Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting (SAIFMM) to mark the 30th anniversary of the dialogue relations and the 10th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership with ASEAN.

Earlier on Thursday morning, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India fully supports a strong, unified and prosperous ASEAN, the one whose centrality of the Indo pacific is fully recognised.

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He, during the meeting in New Delhi, highlighted that ASEAN has stood tall as a beacon of regionalism, multilateralism and globalisation.

"ASEAN has always stood tall as a beacon of regionalism, multilateralism and globalisation. It has successfully carved out a niche for itself in the region and provided a foundation for the evolving strategic and economic architecture in the Indo-Pacific," he said.

"ASEAN's role today is perhaps more important than ever before, given the geopolitical challenges and uncertainties that the world faces. India fully supports a strong, unified and prosperous ASEAN, one whose centrality in Indo-Pacific is fully recognized. The strong convergence of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) is the testimony to our shared vision for the region," he said further.

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Meanwhile, Jaishankar and Foreign Ministers of other nations posed for a group photo as they assembled for the meeting.

-PTC News

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